Three men in hospital after day of knife attacks
Three men were fighting for their lives in hospital last night following three separate stabbing incidents in Belfast and Ballymena.
At 9.15pm a man was subject to a vicious attack on Belfast's High Street.
Local reports said the victim - a man in his early 20s - had been stabbed in the upper back.
An ambulance crew raced to the incident and reached the scene within three minutes of receiving the summons.
The paramedics gave immediate medical assistance to the victim before rushing him to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.
Last night the stab victim's condition in hospital was described as "serious but stable".
Around half-an-hour after the attack a man - thought to be the assailant - was arrested close to the scene.
It is believed a knife was discovered in a nearby bin.
The Belfast city centre incident was the third serious stabbing to take place in Northern Ireland yesterday.
Earlier in the day people in west Belfast were left shocked following a serious knife attack in the area at around lunchtime.
Patches of blood were clearly visible on the walls surrounding a house on Hawthorn Street, where a man was knifed.
The victim, thought to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital and was understood to be in a "very serious condition" last night.
A section of the road was cordoned off while police forensics officers examined the crime scene (below).
Meanwhile in Ballymena two people were arrested following a stabbing in the town.
The 23-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man were detained by police at the scene on the Waveney Road after a 30-year-old man was taken to hospital.
The victim was found in a flat and last night his condition was described as serious, while the arrested pair remained in custody helping police with their enquiries.
A PSNI spokesperson said the organisation was eager to speak to anyone with information about the stabbings, and invited witnesses to contact detectives by phoning 101, or anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555111.